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REVEALED: How extortionist ring forces estate residents to fund-raise for slain suspects

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By NYABOGA KIAGE

Residents of Dandora and Mathare estates have revealed how an extortionist ring has been forcing them to contribute for burial arrangements of suspected robbers shot dead by the police.

The residents also revealed that they are always reluctant to join mourners whose family members and friends have been felled by the police but again the youths force them.

“Whenever suspected robbers are killed within the estate their accomplices and friends harass us by forcing us to contribute for the funeral arrangements,” said Edwin Nyarobo*, a resident of Dandora.

“Then the youths will always expect you to attend meetings prior the burial and if you fail they will brand you a traitor,” he added.

Winfred Wamuyu*, another resident of the estate, claims that two weeks ago she was forcefully asked to contribute for one of the five robbers who were shot dead at Dandora dumpsite by police officers.

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“They ask people to contribute so that they let you to proceed to your house. They don’t care whether you contribute everyday as long as they get money,” she said.

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The same scenario plays itself out in Mathare estate. Mr Alfred Ochiel* who lives in the estate says the youths even go from house to house demanding for contributions.

“I strongly suspect that they use such opportunities to identify their targets. Police officers should do something about that,” he said.

Mr Ochiel says he is now considering moving out because of persistent harassment by the extortionists.

The rampant crime in these neighbourhoods perhaps explains the rise in incidents of suspected criminals being gunned down by the police.

In recent weeks, suspected Gaza members living in Dandora have particularly seen no peace.

This month alone, more than six suspected robbers have been shot dead by the police.

*Editor’s notes: Names of sources have been changed to protect their identities

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Sauti Sol’s Polycarp says he cried like a small child after meeting his son for the first time

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Sauti Sol’s guitarist Polycarp Otieno and his wife Lady Mandy have opened up about the birth of their child.

The two were featured in a recent episode of ‘Sol Generation’ aired only on Showmax.

Speaking about their experiences as first time parents, they both revealed how they reacted after meeting their son for the first time.

Polycarp said he wailed like a baby and left everyone in the room wondering what was wrong.

Lady Mandy on other end said that the minute she heard the midwife says she could see the head of the baby, she knew she had made it to the final stage.

“The moment the midwife said she could see the head of the baby. I think that was the magical word I have ever heard. Coz I knew finally this is our end.

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Polycarp said that he could not control himself when he met his son.

I fell on the flour wailing like a small child. Everyone was looking at me wondering what was wrong with me.
I took him and held him on my chest, I cannot forget that feeling. It was the most amazing feeling ever.

Lady Mandy added that when she saw the baby she felt like she had known him forever.

It like I have known you. I could not believe that I was holding someone who I have had conversations with, I have had moments with that were only for us

She then thanked her husband for being there the whole process.

‘I would not have done that without Polycarp.

We held each others hands and As tried and exhausted as I was, I got the energy to keep going. You did well Papa.

More details are available on Showmax season 2 episode 9.

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Angry Diamond Platnumz calls list of Africa’s Richest Musicians ‘Stupid’

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By Emmaline Owuor

Tanzania’s leading artist Diamond Platnumz has joined in the long list of African musicians who have protested a list of Africa’s richest musicians.

The list doing rounds on Social Media has placed Diamond at number 20 with a net worth of 5 Million dollars.

The artist has described the list as stupid further asking Forbes to Google him to know his worth.

“FORBES: next time Google me to know what am really worth of, before putting me on your Stupid Richest African Musicians List!!!” read the post.

Last week, Gospel Artist Ringtone took to his instagram page and disapproved with the list claiming he was the richest musician in East Africa.

Ringtone claims that he is the number one artist followed by Tanzanian musician Diamond Platinumz and Kenyan Musician Akothee.


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Kantaria appointed Kenyan President of world charity organization – KBC

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Shree Lohana Mahaparishad, the umbrella body representing all Lohana institutions worldwide, has appointed Elgon Kenya Managing Director and Agriculture Sector Network Chairman Bimal Kantaria as the Zonal President of Kenya and Chairman of Lohana Mahajan of Nairobi.

With a membership estimated at 2.5million, Shree Lohana Mahaparishad advocates for acts of altruism that contribute to the wellbeing of humanity.

The institution has invested in various community-based projects world over from education, health, skills development centers and support for small businesses.

“In appreciation of the various social welfare as well as community service activities being undertaken by you, we take pride in appointing you as the Zonal president-Kenya of Shree Lohana Mahaparishad. May the Almighty give you immense strength to serve the mother body and the members of the community in all respects,” said Satish Vithalani the President of Shree Lohana Mahaparishad in a statement.

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As the Zonal President of Kenya, Dr Kantaria will be responsible for growing the network and uniting members in supporting and advancing the philosophy of the organization through various acts of charity.

Dr  Kantaria is the first third generation Chairman of the organization after his granduncle Mr. G.D. Kantaria and his father Rajnikant Kantaria.

“This is a great honour and privilege for me. At a time when the world is facing unprecedented crises, service to humanity matters now more than ever. I plan to work with members of the Lohana community and people of good will in making Kenya and the world a better home for all of us,” said  Dr Kantaria in his acceptance speech.

Dr Kantaria has been a stalwart of social good as the Managing Director of Elgon Kenya, guided by the philosophy of the company that has been consistent in its philanthropy since it first set up shop over 120 years ago.

From building the Nyanjenga Primary School in Limuru in the 1980s for  poor children whose parents worked in neighbouring tea plantations in the 1980s, Elgon Kenya has, under the leadership of Dr Kantaria, invested in social causes across the education, health and agriculture sectors.

The company has been involved in the construction of an ultra-modern health facility based in Parklands Nairobi that seeks to make healthcare affordable by stemming the rising trend of patients seeking medical services abroad due to lack of facilities locally that can match the emerging health threats.

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The 30-bed Kantaria ward at MP Shah Hospital that consists of private self-contained and duplex rooms in addition to general ward beds that was part of the investment by the Elgon Kenya directors, has been hailed as crucial in providing quality treatment at affordable cost.

In the education sector the company has invested in construction and expansion of learning blocks, books, paying school fees and contributing to school feeding programes, guided by the principle of its fore fathers; that of empowering the young ones who hold the key to the prosperity of the country. The focus is on children from humble backgrounds and in schools located in remote areas from Ngelani Ranch Primary School in Athi River to education centers in Mwingi.

At the post-secondary school level, Elgon Kenya has tapped in the skill of young people by encouraging them to embrace vocational training and encouraging young people to embrace education. The company has been working with St Joseph Vocational Institute for the poor in Mlolongo, that aims to equip the youth with skills on latest technology and development of micro and small enterprises, one of the pillars of the country’s economy. The institute has gone ahead to produce top notch automotive engineers and mechanics in the country.

Elgon Kenya has also been working with the elderly to alleviate their suffering by investing in homes for the aged. In one such home, Bethsaida Home for the Aged in Kitengela, the company has assisted the home in installing a three phase electricity line which has meant cutting cost of power. With the installation of power, the home has invested in boreholes that are now watering the horticultural produces grown at the 1.8 hectares land that is owned by the home.

Dr  Kantaria has also been the Governor of the Rotary club District 9212, a position that saw him promote the membership growth, increase the number of clubs within the district and contribution of funds to the Rotary. This, with the ultimate goal of assisting Rotary club advance its cause of alleviating human suffering and being a brother’s keeper.

The club was able to raise $1,200,000 for the Rotary Foundation Trust, the highest per capita raising in Africa. This was channeled to various charities in Kenya including scholarships for children, water and sanitation projects, maternal and childcare services, disaster relief and several other charities.

Dr  Kantaria is the patron of the annual National Farmers Awards  that seeks to reward the country’s best food producers while bringing the industry under one roof. The scheme has since its pioneer edition ran a youth category that has inspired a new generation of young farmers who are mentored by the winners.

The young soil celebrities, majority who have dumped suits for boots have turned their farms into demonstration and training plots leading to a farming revolution while creating numerous jobs in a country whose youth continue to grapple with unemployment.

Dr  Kantaria has previously been recognized by Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta for the role he and his company have played through the awards to motivate farmers.

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